European honour for Dutch-born Aussie scientist

13 Jul 2020

An Australian scientist born in the Netherlands has been given a lifetime honour by a European organisation in recognition of his outstanding achievements in life sciences.

Professor Peter Visscher from The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience was the only Australian and one of only 11 researchers elected an Associate Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).

Candidates are elected based on their scientific excellence and pioneering research, with membership available to Europeans and associate membership available to those outside of Europe.

“The new members have contributed to the success of research in the life sciences in Europe and around the world,” EMBO Director Maria Leptin said.

A total of 52 new EMBO Members from 18 Member States were elected in 2020, along with 11 Associate Members currently based in Australia, Canada, Chile, India, Japan, Singapore and the United States. 

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